Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 31 January, 2020

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the Awards season is upon us plus a look back at some of the photographs featured in 2019. This week’s featured photo by Dean Lewins was taken in 2018 but it reminds us that the drought in Australia continues and that our country is facing a critical climate crisis. If in doubt, check out Good Weekend‘s phenomenal story on the bushfires in Australia which illuminates the experiences of some of the photographers on the frontline. Don’t forget FotoAID which is happening in Brisbane 18-23 February, with 100% of proceeds going to help bushfire recovery. Get involved in the Print Swap Exhibition and come along to the conference 22-23 February.

In breaking news, PDN has folded. While there have been rumblings, the official announcement came earlier this week. PDN’s owner, Emerald Expositions is putting its energy into Rangefinder magazine and Wedding & Portrait International, one of its major photo trade expos (it also presents PhotoPlus in New York). PDN has been around since 1980, when the print magazine was launched. The online site will remain live, but there will be no new content. It seems ironic that in the last print edition one of the major features was “Getting Published.”

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Awards:

Head On Photo Awards

Deadline 16 February 2020.

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This year there is a prize pool of $70,000 including two major cash prizes of $15,000 for the Head On Portrait and Landscape Award winners. These Awards are open to all photographers, internationally. The Head On Student Award is open to Australia’s young photographers (K-12). All finalists are featured in the 2020 Head On Photo Festival.

This year’s judging panel includes Whitney Johnson (National Geographic), Pulitzer Prize winner Renée C. Byer, New York Times contributing photographer Australian Adam Ferguson and Erik Vrooms, editor Guide to Unique Photography magazine.

All photographs are judged anonymously, with no identifying details of the photographer shown to the judging panel. This process ensures that the work is selected solely on merit.

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Deadline 1 May, 2020.

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Yael Martínez, 2019 W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipient. From the series The House That Bleeds.

Howard Chapnick Grant

Deadline 30 April, 2020.

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“The 2019 Howard Chapnick Grant was presented to Alicia Hansen, founder of NYC SALT, an organization that creates opportunities in visual arts and pathways to college for underserved New York City youth.”

A look back at some of the photographers featured on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up January to June 2019. 

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